Haptics is described as a tactile feedback technology that takes advantage of a user’s sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, and/or motions to the user. For the smartphone or tablet, it is simply a technology that adds tactile sensations to gadgetry. The vibration function during a video phone game is an application of haptics technology.
Imagine buying things in ebay.com and you can feel the texture of a cloth before you order it. That means you can feel and touch the leather of a new shoe before you hit BUT NOW. That extension of feel from virtual to demi-reality is what will make haptics a game changer.
Around the world, many companies are working on advanced haptics for smartphones and tablets. They need they will bring real touch to these devices than had ever been done. It is just like doctors doing abdominal surgery and the technology helping them to feel what their scissors are feeling.
The following are the leading companies in this field, based on Tekedia Intelligence research.
- Pacinia – uses coating on phones to provide electrostatic properties. Doing that on a touchscreen will take it to the next level. This is what they call controlled static clig
- Immersion. This company provides the vibrate functions phones in Nokia, LG and Samsung and ensures they vibrate when needed. Think about a video game that communicates with vibration of the phone when a goal is scored. It is a software that makes the phone vibration and that is haptics engineering
- Senseg – feeling textures on screen. Now, you can feel the skin texture of your potential lover during online dating.
- Artificial Muscle – this will enable expandable switches
- Tactus Technology – this will morph like the way neuromorphic engineers morph biology on electronics circuits. But here it is screens that are being morphed.